Get Ready for Extra Intense Memorial Day Traffic

Experts have pinpointed when you should leave to avoid the worst jams

By this point you’re probably eagerly looking forward to the Memorial Day weekend–but so is everybody else. That means thousands of Angelenos hitting the highway all at the same time, which could mean starting your summer off with a real traffic bummer. If you’re worried about when to leave to beat the worst of the holiday traffic, we may have found some advice.

Auto experts AAA and their research partners INRIX have released a report with their projections for this weekend’s car travel trends. It predicts that some 43 million Americans will be traveling for the long weekend, which would make 2019 the second-highest volume of traffic since AAA started tracking MDW trends.

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“Americans are eagerly anticipating the start of summer, and higher gas prices won’t keep them home this Memorial Day weekend,” Paula Twidale, vice president of AAA Travel, said in a press statement about the study.

For Los Angeles, they’re guessing that the worst traffic jams will be on the freeways from 4:30 to 6:30 on the afternoon of Friday, May 24. Just be glad you’re not trying to get around the Washington, D.C. area, which is predicted to be the worst traffic tie-up in the country, with trips averaging three times their usual length.

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